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Earth Day: Environmental Service Award

Careerline Tech Center School students collect data on microplastics at an Ottawa County beach.
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Earth Day: Environmental Service Award

EGLE invites schools to nominate a student or classroom in grades 6-12 to be recognized for completing a school-sanctioned project that has tangible results for the environment.

Who: Two projects will receive an award, one for grades 6-8, and one for grades 9-12.

What: To qualify as environment-based, the project must provide a benefit for Michigan flora, wildlife, air, water, land, or ecosystems. The project must take place between April 22, 2023 and February 1, 2024. A representative from the school must verify the validity of each project along with its outcome and must submit the nomination online.

The following information is required:

  • Student Name(s) and Grade
  • Teacher Name, Telephone Number, and Email Address
  • School Name, Address, and City
  • The detailed project description must include the project goal, instructions for accomplishing the project, how long the project took or if its ongoing. The description must provide clear details.
  • Photos of the students carrying out the work, before, during, and after the project

Nominate a student

When: Award nominations must be submitted online by March 8, 2024.

How: Nominations will be judged based on the student’s or classroom’s project design and its benefits to Michigan flora, wildlife, air, water, land, or ecosystems.

 Winners will be notified by April 5, 2024. The winning projects will be posted the week of April 22, 2024.  


Thank you to the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for sponsoring the Environmental Service Award!

2023 Environmental Service Award winner

Whitefish Township Community Schools

Whitefish Township Community School

Whitefish Township community school's teacher John Griebel and volunteers in grades 8-11 from his Earth Science class, completed a project to educate the public on identifying and reducing the spread of invasive plant species in Lake Superior State Park, Paradise Pathways, South Loop trail.

John and the students also wanted to educate the public on native plants found in the park. Their goal was to improve the overall experience for visitors and residents. The students created interpretive panels to explain the danger of invasive species and to identify native wildlife, trees, and plants in the ecosystem.

John and the students worked with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) specialist Theresa Neal and members of the Tahquamenon Country Pathways Association on a botanical trail survey and to select interpretative topics. Students worked in two person teams to research narrative and graphics for the signs.

Their final designs were sent for production while an Earth Science and Civics class student construction crew, dug holes and placed posts. The students made boot brushes to accompany the invasive species signage at the North and South Loop trailheads. Once the signs were received from production, students installed them on the posts. The project took approximately eleven months to complete.